Beer Sheva: Old and New City

So much in Jerusalem, Israel, is old and new.

We used to joke that a good friend is defined as

someone who leaves Jerusalem to visit you in Beer Sheva.

With family in Beer Sheva, over the years,

we have visited the desert city many times.

ANZAC cemetery Beer Sheva

I used to say the only place that was green was this cemetery.

The Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery,

or the ANZAC cemetery, as most of the British soldiers

buried here were Australian and New Zealanders,

who fell in the World War I battles against the Turks,

ending the domination of the Ottoman Empire.

But things are changing, 

Carasson Science Park in Beer Sheva

Carasso Science Park opened in 2013,

and is the largest science park in Israel.

Park in Beer sheva

Remembering the British,

monument to Allenby in Beer Sheva

is Allenby Garden.

The park was established in early 1900s by the Turks,

After WWI, it became a memorial to General Edmund Allenby,

was destroyed during the Arab uprising in 1929,

and was finally rebuilt in 2014.

Allenby park and trail

One day when it is not so hot,

ANZAC trail Beer Sheva

it would be interesting to follow the ANZAC trail.

Art Museum in Beersheba

Across the road is the Negev Museum of Art,

the main art museum in southern Israel,

housed in what was the 20th century Governor’s house.

The current exhibit is called,

“Pulp and Fiction”

where all pieces are made out of paper.

Pulp and Fiction Lost Forest by Jan Fairbairn-Edwards from  France

“Lost Forest” by Jan Fairbairn-Edwards of France

The Burmese Story by Naamoa Aaronson

and “The Burmese Story” by Naama Aaronson of Israel

are just two of the works.

Who knew that paper art was started 35 years ago

at the Beer Sheva Station of the old Turkish railway?

large mosque in Beer Sheva

More of the old city and new

in the same area is the one mosque,

seal on mosque

built by the Turks.

It went unused as a mosque for decades,

and was the city’s Archaeological Museum.

Since 2011, it has been home to the

Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures.

stone in courtyard of Beer Sheva mosque

Ancient stones with Thuluth, Arabic and Kufic script

are in the courtyard.

Inside the restored mosque,

paryer rugs on display in Beer sheva mosque

is the current exhibit of old prayer rugs,

special lamps with Arabic writing

with new glass lamps decorated in Arabic hanging above them.

Turkish flag in Beer Sheva

A Turkish flag flies at the Train Yard Compound

which was restored and opened in 2014.

Bedouin man

Bedouins are still around.

Beer Sheva old and new

Going into and out of Beer Sheva

one can see the old and new,

with the new train track over the old Turkish one.

But it is at Be’er Avraham,

Abraham’s Well,

Abraham's well in Beer Sheva

located near the Beer Sheva River,

that one can really appreciate the old and new.

An international visitor center,

showcasing the life of Avraham Avinu,

in a 3D presentation, opened in 2013.

In old days, to get to Beer Sheva,

it seemed it took as long as a camel trip,

standing on those Egged buses

on hot Friday afternoons.

With the new modern highways going to Beer Sheva,

 it is not like it used to be,

 see the Old City and new neighborhoods.

but we will have to find another way to define good friends.

Hebrew Book Week in Jerusalem Warning

The sirens of the motorcade of

Juan Manuel Santos Calderon, President of Colombia

can be heard on the Jerusalem, Israel streets

Colombia's flag image, Jerusalem photo

 and the flag of Colombia can be seen flying.

Most people will never notice.

But what is amazing is that after so many years,

and now with so many Israeli tech users and kindle readers, 

Liberty Bell Park for Book Week image

Hebrew Book Week in Jerusalem is back in the Liberty Bell Park.

image Shavuah Hasefer

Thousands of books and at least one hot-pot are ready for

Hebrew book week picture

 Shavuah Hasefer, the annual Hebrew book fair that runs from June 5-13.

Bell Park for Hebrew book week,  Jstreet, photo Jerusalem

There were fewer book vendors in the park this year.

Liberty Bell Park for shavuah hasefer

But every night, many children

Hebrew Book Week

helped fill the park.

scene at Liberty Bell Park

Everyone was out looking for a good deal on Hebrew books.

Hebrew Book week image

As every year, in the park there was also free entertainment for children.

child up dancing at park

This one young man was ready to get up and move to the music.

Hebrew book week image

Passing on the love of books and reading is an old tradition.

man selling books at park image

But look past this book vendor and you will see

viewing stands being set up for

the Formula One Peace Car Run in Jerusalem.

Not sure everyone will appreciate the streets closing

and noise of what some want to be a new tradition.

Rosh Hashanah Greetings

With the year 5772 coming to an end,

shana tova

Shanah tovah signs are lining the streets of Jerusalem, Israel.

bikor holim hospital

Bikor Cholim Hospital displays holiday symbols on a wall banner.

Yes, they are still in business with thousands of new babies born annually, 

but they were only in the news when there were threats that it would close.

Jerusalem street

Newly planted  flowers line the streets,

Jerusalem store

while thousands of new shoes have been purchased to walk on them.

honey cake

In the “land of milk and honey,”

this time of year the streets are lined with honey cakes.

bus sign happy new year

Shanah tovah,

may 5733 be a year of peace and prosperity and good health for all!